The Kingston Whig
KINGSTON – A Wolfe Island couple fighting to have the negative economic effects of wind turbines factored into their house assessment will have to wait several more weeks for a final ruling on their appeal. Ed and Gail Kenney claim important information about other property assessments on the island that resulted in reductions were not available at their original hearing.
In 2012, a Municipal Property Assessment Corporation tribunal upheld the increase on their property value, which rose from $200,000 to $357,000 between 2008 and 2010. The Kenneys’ appeal is based on information showing that between 2008 and 2012, a total of 78 properties on Wolfe and Simcoe islands had their assessments dramatically reduced. That, they say, resulted in $3 million in lowered assessments that should have been factored into their case.
“Those are the properties within 2,000 metres of the wind turbines. They are similar to our property,” said Gail Kenney, following Wednesday’s three-and-a-half-hour hearing in the council chambers at Kingston City Hall. Wind turbines were not listed as a reason for lowering the assessment in any of the 78 cases. “If you present to MPAC wind turbines, MPAC won’t listen,” she said. Read article